THE GOOD, THE BAD and THE BIZARRE

Richmond Hill Post - - News -

THE GOOD: A new gar­den pol­icy in Rich­mond Hill will sup­port lo­cal green thumbs who may not have a lawn or yard big enough to feed the fam­ily. Along with pro­vid­ing a new community al­lot­ment gar­den to join the ex­ist­ing three community gar­dens, the town will also pro­vide on­go­ing sup­port for the gar­dens, in­clud­ing site se­lec­tion, soil test­ing, wa­ter ac­cess, till­ing, wa­ter­ing and more. Cur­rently, there are 61 gar­den­ers with plots in the community gar­dens, tended by vol­un­teers, with 60 more res­i­dents on the wait­ing list.

THE BAD: Res­i­dents in Vaughan came home to an un­pleas­ant sur­prise. After a bout of dra­grac­ing, an al­legedly drunk stunt driver plowed his sports car into their house and parked car and fled the scene by foot. The sus­pect was found nearby with drugs in his pos­ses­sion and taken to po­lice head­quar­ters. He was charged with im­paired driv­ing, dan­ger­ous op­er­a­tion of a mo­tor ve­hi­cle, pos­ses­sion of a con­trolled sub­stance, fail to re­main, and pub­lic mis­chief, a fairly un­der­stated man­ner of say­ing that he drove a sports car into a house.

THE BIZARRE: A Markham res­i­dent took a cre­ative route to ap­peal to city coun­cil to re­place a tree after the last one was de­stroyed and re­moved fol­low­ing the De­cem­ber 2013 ice storm. He staged a tree light­ing, us­ing an ar­ti­fi­cial tree and in­vited Mayor Frank Scarpitti, adding, “Since you don’t re­turn calls or re­ply to emails and you love photo-ops, be here Tues­day, 8 p.m. Tree light­ing. Cel­e­brate a Tree.” Al­though the mayor couldn’t be in at­ten­dance, he got the mes­sage loud and clear: A new baby ginkgo was planted the fol­low­ing week.

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